Description

Illustration of Spaniel (Field)

In the late 19th century the term “field spaniel” was used to describe all the land spaniels which were then apportioned with names depending on size and colour: smaller dogs were cockers, larger ones springers. If the larger ones were liver/white and black/white they were deemed springers, if solid coloured they were Fields.

The breed has a fascinating history from the early days with much use of Sussex Spaniel blood and later outcrossing with Springer Spaniel and even Basset Hound. Breed type fluctuated and the breed fell into decline. The Field Spaniel Society was formed in 1923 and serious breeders worked hard for its survival. In the 1940’s the average annual registration was fewer than 10. Another English Springer outcross was used and from this new blood, there was a resurgence of breeding stock and interest in the breed. The outcross brought coloured dogs into the breed and whilst the solid colours of liver and black (sometimes with tan markings) remain the most popular colours, roans are also permitted.

Breed Group
Gundog
Vulnerable Native Breed
Yes
Size
Medium
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
Medium
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Large
Lifespan
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Gundog Breed Group

Dogs that were originally trained to find live game and/or to retrieve game that had been shot and wounded. This group is divided into four categories - Retrievers, Spaniels, Hunt/Point/Retrieve, Pointers and Setters - although many of the breeds are capable of doing the same work as the other sub-groups. They make good companions, their temperament making them ideal all-round family dogs.


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